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Nowhere near as much fun as coupé, but good value compared with regular Carrera S Cabrio
Autocar
19 November 2010

What is it?

We’ve already established that the Carrera GTS is possibly the pick of the two-wheel-drive 997-edition 911s. The same recipe is also available as a convertible and, in both hard and soft-top guises, with a PDK dual-clutch gearbox. So can the ‘softest’ GTS still stack up?

See pics of the 911 GTS Cabriolet in action

What's it like?

The cabrio gains a few kilos, as you might expect, but it keeps many of the attractions of the hard-top, with the Powerkit (an £8241 option on a Carrera S), plenty of Alcantara inside, the wider tracks of the Carrera 4S platform and the purity of rear drive.

It’s even a little quicker to 62mph in PDK form, and a very tall seventh gear gives it better overall economy and CO2 emissions. You get gearshift paddles too, incidentally, instead of the infuriating button set-up. Given that this car costs almost £6k less than a Carrera S Cabriolet fitted with the Powerkit and PDK – and it offers more beyond those options – it looks a relative bargain.

The GTS feels assured, but the real sparkle of the coupé is diminished. The modest power gain seems less noticeable amid the extra bulk of the convertible, and with much of the extra enjoyment beyond 6000rpm, you’ll need to be very committed to open-air pace if you’re to savour it.

The steering loses a little of its crispness, too. It’s accurate enough, but a little of the bite and keen turn-in has been traded off, perhaps to cope with the additional weight.

Of course, the PDK gearbox is fast, but it offers none of the tactile brilliance of the manual shift. At least it comes with proper paddle shifters. And a GTS with this transmission is marginally more refined at motorway cruising than the manual, purely because of a seventh ratio that feels extremely tall (it’s probably the reason for its slight advantage in CO2 emissions and economy, actually).

Should I buy one?

The end result is a GTS that’s less fun to drive than the coupé. But then, the same can be said for any roofless 911. So, if you are in the market for a 911 Cabriolet, the GTS is the best soft-top on offer. Even with the more limited effect of the Powerkit, it still provides enough extras for the money to be the value proposition in the range.

John McIlroy

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Price: £85,965; Top speed: 189mph; 0-62mph: 4.6sec; Economy: 27.4mpg (combined); CO2: 242g/km; Kerb weight: 1545kg; Engine 6 cyls, 3800cc, petrol; Power: 402bhp at 7300rpm; Torque: 310lb ft at 4200-5600rpm; Gearbox: 7-spd dual-clutch

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matsoc 8 February 2012

Re: Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet

Boris911 wrote:

Carrera GT's in one place at one time. It might sound silly, but it was a sight to see. Did nothing for 'ere indoors' mind.

What a car! I know a guy that lives in Milan and owns one, he loves so much using it that he covered 75k km in it, lucky man!

Boris911 8 February 2012

Re: Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet

Rich_uk wrote:
micra2007 wrote:
If your making comments and haven't driven it, then it's pointless to comment
No it's not. Your comment on this car is likely to be far more insightful than mine but I can have an opinion on it. Aethestically, I don't think a 911 convertible works. Although I do support the view that a convertible version of a car is usually more enjoyable to drive than the hardtop version.

I'm with you on that 'Rich_uk'. I live in a warm sunny climate and having a cabriolet version of any 'road car' here is an absolute no-brainer if you are a car guy, and can afford the slight premium the cabriolet almost always costs. On the 911 I have been invited to a launch night next week for the new 911 and am fortunate that the local dealership is owned by Colin Bell, who hosts these events himself at his dealership. He usually brings along some 'motorsport celeb's' to make it a thoroughly enjoyable evening. So I will get to poke around the new cabriolet then and see if its any better looking. Bit off subject but at one of last years events they lined 3 (three) Bugatti Veyron's up in line in the showroom (2 local owned, one new) which was a sight to see. Year before 3 Carrera GT's. Looking forward to next week's bash and hoping to see the GT3 RS 4.0 in the flesh. Never thought I would see 3 Carrera GT's in one place at one time. It might sound silly, but it was a sight to see. Did nothing for 'ere indoors' mind.
Rich_uk 7 February 2012

Re: Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet

micra2007 wrote:
If your making comments and haven't driven it, then it's pointless to comment
No it's not. Your comment on this car is likely to be far more insightful than mine but I can have an opinion on it. Aethestically, I don't think a 911 convertible works. Although I do support the view that a convertible version of a car is usually more enjoyable to drive than the hardtop version.